Guide to Special Education Services During Closure
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GCISD SPECIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is committed to providing quality services to students with disabilities. This commitment is based upon the belief that special education is a service and not a place. Each student identified with a disability and a demonstrated educational need for special education services is provided access to the general curriculum and opportunities to progress in the general curriculum.

A team of stakeholders, including parents, teachers, administrators, and other specialists, work together to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to address each student’s educational needs, followed by consideration of the type and level of support each student needs to meet IEP goals.

GCISD adheres to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and ensures that every student with disabilities is placed in the Least Restrictive Environment needed to allow success in achieving IEP goals.


Announcements

Parent Access to Special Education Documents
Parents and guardians will receive access to their child's special education documents through our secure eStar Parent Portal. Parents will be notified by email when a document is shared with them. They can then log into eStar to view the documents. For additional information on Parent Access to Special Education Documents, click here.

House Bill 657 puts into law procedures that are currently in place under the Student Success Initiative for the state of Texas as follows:

  • HB 657 applies to students receiving special education services.
  • When a student is not successful on a state assessment an ARD meeting is required prior to the second test administration.
  • The ARD committee will determine if the student has made sufficient progress in the measurable academic goals in the student's IEP.
  • The ARD committee will consider the student's progress when determining if additional assessment is required.
  • The ARD committee will determine the accelerated instruction necessary to address the student's needs.

Record destruction schedule set by state regulations

Consistent with the notification requirements set forth in federal and state regulations regarding the destruction of confidential records, Special Education records for students withdrawn, dismissed or graduated on or before June 2016 will be destroyed June 01, 2022 (34 CFR 300.624).

If you have any questions about this process or about student specific records, you may contact personnel at GCISD's Special Services Department at (817) 251-5488.


Resources

Texas Education Agency - Special Education
http://tea.texas.gov/

Resources on Special Education in Texas
https://tea.texas.gov/academics/special-student-populations/special-education/resources 

TEA Updates in Special Education
Information Flyer (English)
Information Flyer (Spanish)
Information for Families - English
Information for Families - Spanish

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
https://sites.ed.gov/idea/

Legal Framework
http://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/LandingPage.aspx

Procedural Safeguards
Procedural Safeguards - English
Procedural Safeguards - Spanish

Texas Transition and Employment Guide
www.texastransition.org/apps/pages/texas-transition-and-employment-guide


District Contacts

Dr. J. WiechmannJoAnn Wiechmann, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Special Services

joann.wiechmann@gcisd.net
817-251-5531



Audrey ThomasAudrey Thomas, M.A.
Director of Special Services

audrey.thomas@gcisd.net
817-251-55504



Ticia TrelouwTicia Terlouw
Coordinator of Special Services

ticia.terlouw@gcisd.net
817-251-5532



Mary MarionMary Marion
Coordinator of Special Services

mary.marion@gcisd.net
817-251-5343



Ashley GroppelAshley Groppel
Coordinator of Special Services

ashley.groppel@gcisd.net
817-251-5533



Emily WhitsettEmily Whitsett
Coordinator of Special Services

emily.whitsett@gcisd.net
817-251-55736